Ubuntu going back to GNOME

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For those that haven’t guessed it yet by my other tech based posts I’m a big fan of open source software. My main computer at home runs Linux.

Over the years the flavor of Linux on it has changed from time to time. But it has been SimplyMepis, Debian, Fedora, or Ubuntu mostly. All depending on what I wanted to do at the time. Even the server running this blog is powered by Linux.

I have liked Debian and Debian-based systems more than others. It’s just the feel is better to me and that is one of the great options about Linux. You get to decide.

Currently at home I am running the GNOME community edition of Ubuntu. For a desktop environment I prefer the feel again of GNOME over the multitude of other environments available.

A number of years ago Ubuntu decided to make their own in-house desktop environment called Unity. My systems really didn’t like it and it was a factor that made me try out other flavors of Linux.

But come next year in 2018 Ubuntu is switching back to GNOME as the default desktop environment. And I am ecstatic and thrilled to hear this news. It’s a good move for the company and the users alike.

Linux on Windows

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Sometime this summer when a Windows 10 user gets an update. They will find that there is now a Linux Bash shell available to them.

Bash is the most commonly used shell in the *nix world. The majority of scripts are written in it and most *nix users spend a lot of time in Bash.

Microsoft has partnered with Canonical, the maker of the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution, to bring this Bash shell to life in Windows. This is not going to be a VM or other kind of emulator. This is a true Bash application on Windows.

It’s made possible by a new Windows subsystem for Linux. It’s not yet complete of course so somethings are not working but beta testers are out there working on it.

Some folks in the Linux community don’t like the idea at all. While others do like the idea. Many Linux users, administrators, and developers do operate on a Windows computer for their day to day work. This will help them with the administration and development of the Linux servers they hold dear.

I am going to withhold judgement on it until more information comes out on it. But it is very interesting and worth keeping an eye on its progress.